Anglesey Geology Field Course
Run by School of Ocean Sciences
10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits
Semester 1 & 2
Organiser: Dr Dei Huws
Overall aims and purpose
The aim of this module is to widen the student geological field experience by a series of field visits to key sites on the Isle of Anglesey. The module is designed to complement and extend on allied First Year geoscience modules. Students will learn to identify rock types based on hand-specimen mineralogy and to interpret field outcrop context on a larger scale. The fieldwork will be contextualised in terms of the tectonic history and evolution of the rocks making-up the island. The module also aims to develop communication skills by giving the chance to develop education material for a selection of the sites, suitable for public dissemination.
Anglesey holds a rich geological record, evidence by the fact that it has UNESCO Global Geopark status (GeoMon) and includes a world type locality for Melange, which outcrops in several places across the island. The sheer period of time covered by the outcropping rocks, and the variety of lithotypes available make the island an ideal educational site. Recent development of understanding in plate tectonics (Ocean Plate Stratigraphy), combined with a much improved coverage of dated rock locations, means that we now see the Precambrian geology of Anglesey in a different light than we did ten years ago. Furthermore, the metamorphosed and then younger strata reflect the long journey that the local crust has taken, starting from a point near to the southern pole, ending-up at our present position, 53 degrees north of the Equator.
This module aims to take advantage of this incredible opportunity for student learning - one where the 'big picture' story can be evidenced on the outcrop scale. It will do so by a central core of field site visits, supplemented by a short lecture series that will give the general background, the 'Anglesey Story', as well as specific preambles to each visit.
Students will be asked to create public information output that explains the geological context and outcrops for selected sites - thereby putting their knowledge on test and developing important science communication skills. In addition, students' knowledge and understanding will be put to the test via a short online quiz.
50% to 60%
Blog: Appropriate and relevant text that shows the author has sourced information somewhat beyond the set-reading and has shown broad and deep knowledge in the production of the blog. The work shows some evidence of synthesis of information and a good grasp of the geological ideas under consideration. The standard of presentation is good, or better for the best in this category.
Test: Comprehensive understanding of the geology of Anglesey as introduced in this module. Typically, good work would be marked out as including correct answers to the slightly more subtle, probing questions set.
40% to 50% Blog: Mainly appropriate and relevant text that shows the author has sourced information from the set-reading and has shown basic knowledge of the field sites and of the geology of Anglesey. The work might shows minor evidence of synthesis of information and a rudimentary grasp of the geological ideas under consideration. The standard of presentation is acceptable, but no more.
Test: Some understanding of the geology of Anglesey as introduced in this module. Typically, the threshold level of performance would involve answering the more fundamental questions correctly, but struggling with the higher order tasks.
70% to 100%
Blog: Incisive, relevant text that shows the author has sourced well beyond the set-reading and has shown not only broad and deep knowledge, but also elements of critical analysis. The work shows clear evidence of synthesis of information and a comprehensive grasp of the geological ideas under consideration. The standard of presentation is near-professional, or even better for the very best.
Test: Near complete understanding of the geology of Anglesey as introduced in this module. Typically, excellent work would be marked out as including correct answers to the more subtle, probing questions set.
Upon successful completion of this module, students will have demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the broad geological evolution of Anglesey within a plate tectonic framework, and will have been able to exemplify this with knowledge from individual field sites.
Upon successful completion of this module, students will have demonstrated an understanding of the central paradigms in the Earth Sciences: uniformitarianism, the extent of geological time, plate tectonics, the rates of Earth processes, and examples of major events in Earth history as evidenced by the geology of Anglesey..
Upon successful completion of this module, students will have demonstrated an ability to communicate fundamental geological ideas in a way that would be comprehensible and attractive to the general public whilst retaining scientific accuracy.
|Field guide for Anglesey geology site||50|
|Online test - geology of Anglesey||50|
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Six, 1 hour lectures as a prelude to each of the six field visits. Two, 1 hour lectures as general introduction to the geology of Anglesey
Private study, preparing assessment submissions
Six, 3 hour field visits to sites around Anglesey.
One hour session in relation to preparing the individual blogs
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
Subject specific skills
Intellectual skills (knowledge and understanding) developed as part of this module:
- knowledge and understanding of the principle of uniformitarianism, plate tectonic theory, ocean plate stratigraphy, concepts of age and stratigraphy, environmental change with space and time
- an ability to integrate evidence from a range of sources e.g. outcrop geology, published information, to test findings and gain knowledge
- an ability to consider issues from a range of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspectives
- an ability to analyse, synthesise, and summarise information
- a critical approach to academic literature, data and other sources of information.
Practical skills developed as part of this module:
- conduct fieldwork investigations competently (as appropriate)
- describe and record observations in the field
- interpret and evaluate practical results in a logical manner
- undertake fieldwork ethically and safely
- prepare, manipulate and interpret data using appropriate techniques
- use appropriate technologies in addressing problems effectively.
Communication skills developed as part of this module:
- an ability to communicate effectively to a variety of audiences using a range of formats
- good interpersonal communication skills to enable effective team working
- an ability to argue a case in an effective manner.
Personal and professional skills developed as part of this module:
- work effectively as a team member
- recognise and respect the views of others
- demonstrate an awareness of the importance of risk assessment and relevant legislation
- develop the skills for autonomous learning
- identify and work towards targets for personal, career and academic development
- reflect on the process of learning and to evaluate personal strengths and weaknesses
- display an appreciation of developing their graduate skills relevant to career pathways.
Resource implications for students
No more than already stated in general implications i.e. need for field clothing (waterproofs, warm layers, suitable footwear)
Talis Reading listhttp://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/osx-1006.html
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Pre- and Co-requisite Modules
Courses including this module
Optional in courses:
- F650: BSC Geological Oceanography year 1 (BSC/GEO)
- 8S54: BSc Geological Oceanography (with International Experience) year 1 (BSC/GEOIE)
- F840: BSc Physical Geography and Oceanography year 1 (BSC/PGO)
- F652: MSci Geological Oceanography year 1 (MSCI/GO)